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Abraham Lincoln, Modern Reprint of O-33

Lincoln, As Nominee


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William Shaw O-33; Springfield, IL: circa June 1860. 12″ x 15″

As nominee of the Republican Party, photographers descended on Springfield in order to make portrait photographs of Lincoln. Shaw travelled from Chicago to make this photograph.

This digital photo shows the intensity many saw in Lincoln; the abrupt divide of light and shadow gives strength to his features. A London journalist wrote of Lincoln “An honest, old lawyer with a face half Roman, half Indian, wasted by climate, scarred by life’s struggle.”

Hand-crafted photograph, derived from a period collodion glass plate negative. Printed on acid-free paper.